Rural Community Vital Signs

Initial work by the California Center for Rural Policy (CCRP) identified the need for a common set of community health indicators to help guide and assess outcomes resulting from improvement efforts in the region. Community health indicators are measures that act as barometers for underlying community health. In the fall of 2009, CCRP initiated a year-long process of facilitating a Working Group to develop a set of community health indicators known as the Rural Community Vital Signs.

The outcomes of this project are a set of 48 community health indicators with existing data and a “wish list” of 44 indicators that would be useful for measuring community health, but currently lack a good or readily available data source for all four counties (Del Norte, Humboldt, Trinity, and Mendocino). The Vital Signs developed in this project link to numerous issues in various arenas (social, health, environment, and economy) and are intended to track trends and inspire action initiatives aimed at improving health in the region.

by Jessica Van Arsdale, MD, MPH, Terry Uyeki, MSEd, Connie Stewart, Jenna Barry, Alissa Leigh, Gwyn Mahony, Liz Hannig, Jennifer Oliveros, Launa Peeters-Graehl, and Kali Patterson

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Community Health Indicators for Del Norte